Academic Research

Study | “I Know What You Did Last Sunday” Finds Americans Significantly Inflate Religious Participation


A new PRRI study, “I Know What You Did Last Sunday: Measuring Social Desirability Bias in Self-Reported Religious Behavior, Belief, and Belonging,” shows that every subgroup of Americans measured over-reports their levels of religious participation, with young adults, Catholics and white mainline Protestants particularly likely to inflate the frequency of their attendance at religious services.

Book Chapter | A World of Atheism: Global Demographics


The essay describes the demography of the nonbelieving population around the world, estimated to be roughly seven percent of the world’s population, or between 450 and 500 million people. The authors find the typical global nonbeliever is young, male, and educated, and most likely lives in northern Europe, Japan, or communist or formerly communist nations.

Presentation | Threats and Values: Factors Influencing Support for a Path to Citizenship


This year, PRRI CEO Dr. Robert P. Jones and Research Associate Juhem Navarro-Rivera presented PRRI’s research which explores how immigrants are impacting American religion and society at the American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Conference. The presentation, titled “Threats and Values: Factors Influencing Support for a Path to Citizenship” explains the roles of religion and values in shaping public opinion about immigrants and immigration reform.

Book Chapter | Religion, Politics, and Polarization: How Religiopolitical Conflict is Changing Congress and American Democracy


From the publisher: “Do the religious affiliations of elected officials shape the way they vote on such key issues as abortion, homosexuality, defense spending, taxes, and welfare spending? In Religion, Politics, and Polarization: How Religiopolitical Conflict is Changing Congress and American Democracy, William D’Antonio, Steven A. Tuch and Josiah R. Baker trace the influence of religion and party in the U.S. Congress over time. For almost four decades these key issues have […]

Presentation | American Association for Public Opinion Research 2013 Annual Conference


Research Director Daniel Cox presented PRRI’s innovative analysis on white working-class Americans at the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) Annual Conference.

Presentation | New Battle Lines Over Religious Liberty


On July 14, Dr. Robert P. Jones gave a presentation on Americans’ positions on the increasingly fraught issue of religious liberty: New Battle Lines Over Religious Liberty from Public Religion Research Institute

Presentation | Mormon Presidents and Mosques Next Door


At this year’s AAPOR conference, PRRI Research Director Daniel Cox presented a paper evaluating American attitudes toward religious minorities in 2012. Observing that Americans’ perspectives on Mormons, Muslims, and their faith have been a prominent feature of the political debate over the past year, Mr. Cox explored questions about whether white evangelical Protestants, a crucial part of the Republican constituency, will support a candidate whose religion they view as being […]

Book Chapter | Religion and the American Presidency (The Evolving American Presidency)


Throughout American history, presidents have been shaped and influenced by their religious faith. Yet this remains an element that many presidential histories treat peripherally or ignore altogether. In Religion and the American Presidency (The Evolving American Presidency), which features essays on George Washington, Ronald Reagan, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, and others, scholars explore this largely unappreciated factor in presidents’ lives and actions. This updated version features a new chapter […]

Book Chapter | Faith and Race in American Political Life


Synopsis Two defining elements of American political life are race and religion. These do not work in isolation but, rather, are constantly in conversation with one another. Indeed, in U.S. history each category has effectively been employed to make meaning of the other, often recreating American politics in the process. Through the intersection of race and religion Americans define political and personal identities, cultural affiliations, and political and religious institutions—all […]

Book Chapter | Ethnography as Christian Theology and Ethics


Synopsis In response to a variety of critical intellectual currents (post-colonial, post-modern, and post-liberal) scholars in Christian theology and ethics are increasingly taking up the tools of ethnography as a means to ask fundamental moral questions and to make more compelling and credible moral claims. Privileging particularity, rather than the more traditional effort to achieve universal or at least generalizable norms in making claims regarding the Christian life, echoes the […]

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